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Bejenaru enjoys good victory on Romania return

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru is through to the second round of a $10,000 tournament in her native Romania and is now just one more win away from securing another valuable world ranking point.

The 19-year-old Windsor player had little difficulty disposing of compatriot Gabriela Zarnoveanu 6-2. 6-2 in a match that lasted just 63 minutes.

However Bejenaru, who is now ranked 771, will acknowledge the fact there is still room for improvement after beating her 41-year-old opponent.

The east Belfast-based teenager's first serve let her down as she managed to get only half of them in and was broken twice during an otherwise straightforward victory.

"Karola has been having problems with the strings on her rackets lately and that affected her adversely but, hopefully, she can continue to make progress," said Bejenaru's coach Przemek Stec.

"Her target is still to make it into the top 500 or, at worst, 600 by the end of the year and it is certainly achievable, but to do it she will need to be making it into quarters and semis in tournaments like these."

Bejenaru will face a lower-ranked Czech, Natalie Cvackova, in the last 32 tomorrow as he bids to consolidate her position on the world ladder.

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